The ancient Greeks had a recumbent approach to their (male-only) dinner parties, as I discussed in a previous post: elite men reclined, propped on pillows, to drink, converse, and—sometimes—overindulge. The practice of reclining and dining continued into ancient Rome, but… More»
Eye-to-eye with Saint John, from this 16th century Ethiopian gospel book.
Ethiopia was one of the earliest centers of Christianity, and illuminated manuscripts were an integral part of religious service.
This manuscript is written in Ge’ez, the language of early Christian Ethiopia. You can hear this manuscript read aloud here, or…
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